Petal Palette, Ribbons, Tim Holtz, Watercolour paints

Shimmer watercolour cards

I bought some shimmer watercolours a little while ago and the first thing I did was make a couple of backgrounds… and finally I got round to making them into cards.

The top one I used some Tim Holtz stamps and also flicked a bit of the art alchemy sparks paint on for dimension and added sparkle. I mounted it onto a blue textured card and with a purple organza ribbon.

The next one I used the Petal Palette leaves stamp and kept it quite simple with some string and a brown background.

Love these shimmery paints and can imagine using them a lot!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Deco art fluid acrylics, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Gorjuss, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, Sky's the Limit, Spectrum noir pencils, Tim Holtz, Trish Latimer

My favourites of 2017 pt 1

I see these little videos on YouTube with people celebrating their favourite supplies of the year… of course they are all affiliated so not entirely sure how much I trust their judgements so instead I thought I would share my favourites of 2017! 

Of course I couldn’t not mention ATCs given this year has been all about these small works of art.  I challenged myself to create 365 in the year and I exceeded the challenge by a long shot. 

I’ve made mixed media 3d cards, hand drawn cards, stamped cards and even pocket letters! I’ve participated in swaps all over the world and made most of my Christmas cards using ATCs as the toppers.  So my favourite artworks of the year…

I think these stick in my mind as favourites… so in no particular order…

Fairy cards

Halloween pocket letter

Work of art 

Alphabet ATCs

Hearts

Gorjuss girls

Seaside

I could go on… there were after all over 400 to choose from! So for now this will do. 

So my favourite supplies for making ATCs are… pretty much anything I can grab quickly and smaller sized stamps. 

Hope you enjoyed this little refresher on my ATC journey. 

Will be back with another favourites list of 2017 tomorrow if I get a chance.

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Two more ATCs… well why stop now?

So yes I’ve finished the 365 challenge … but I still have some ATCs up my sleeve so to speak! 

Here are two Halloween ones which I am entering into the halloween challenge at alwaysfunchallenges.

Using Tim Holtz stamps and some fun different mediums I created these little ATCs … just because! 

So whilst the challenge is over the ATCs keep on coming! Enjoy! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Postcard swap… Happy halloween

So today’s post is a about a postcard I made several weeks ago for a swap for halloween…

I started with a base on which I added lots of the seedless preserves distress ink.  Then I took another piece of cardstock and added lots of orange and yellows.  Then I added distress glaze through a stencil and then added the ground espresso distress stain over the top. The distress glaze provided some resist but it wasn’t very precise.  But I didn’t mind I still like the effect. 

Next I tore the piece to add onto the top of the seedless preserves piece and glued it down. 

Then I started heat embossing… first the sentiment and spider in Black powder. Then I added the outline to the torn piece using the embossing pen and black powder. Then I added the stenxil back over the top and pressed versamark through and clear embossed… this provided some fab texture.  I think you can see it best on this closeup.

So I loved creating this spooky postcard and I hope the recipient enjoyed it too! 

Happy crafting!!!

Catherine

Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Halloween Pocket letter 354-362

Spooky goings on in my craftroom… well spooky stamps and stencils at least. 

I joined in a project letter swap where the theme was Halloween as I wanted an opportunity to use my limited Halloween supplies! 

And determined not to just use my trusty oxides I decided to grab a selection of distress inks instead and my mini rectangle gelli plate. 

I love this technique for adding a simple background for atcs which has plenty of interest.

I added the ink and then sprayed water to the gelli plates and made all nine panels by layering the different colours.

Next I cut them up, masked the white edges and started applying black Dylusions paint through stencils.  I kept a few without stencilling too.  I made a mess on the one with the web later so made another one and didn’t add the web the second time.

Next it was time to add stamping… some were stamped directly onto the cards, some embossed and others onto pieces of white card and then cut out.

I then added a few extra features to some of the elements.  The pic above is before loose pieces were stuck down. 

I added hand drawn elements for embossing using the orange, clear and black embossing powders.  This added some extra fun to some of the images. I also added a little bit of water colouring for the witches face.  Next it was time to assemble and put them into the pocket letter.

I decided that a few needed some additional elements…. for some it was additional stamping and others it was some added bling… the cat even got some googly eyes! 

Here is how it finished up… 

I really love how it looks with those arty backgrounds and the white edges.  I’m going to have to keep playing with the gelli plate to make more like this… maybe for Christmas ones? 

I added goodies to each pocket and a little note in true PL style and hopefully the recipient likes the full gift!   

And as for the challenge… well that’s another 9… taking me to 362! 3 more to go! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Tim Holtz

Poisonous inchiesĀ 

Hi

A quick post with some inchies I made for a swap… 

I added some Tangerine Tango and Tangelo Twist ink to the mixed media cardstock. I then added some stamping using the Tim Holtz stamps. Then I inked the Poison stamp and stamped that.  I also added a little Dusty Concord sponging to the edges. 

Cute and spooky! Love them.

And then a mini disaster struck… one got lost in the post. Yes the envelope carrying these and some other swap items got damaged and one Inchie slipped away. So I had to make one more to send onto the swap organiser (didn’t want anyone to go short!) So I made this… 

Same technique and colour and a different focal stamp! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Halloween card swap

Hello

Today I have a card I’ve made for a swap with UK stampers forum. The theme for the card is Halloween.

I inked up the panel using Seedless Preserves and Spiced Marmalade distress oxides. I then added some splodges of water and dried off the panel. I then used a stencil to add the cobweb. 

Next I embossed the sentiment using Black embossing powder.  The skeleton I then heat embossed using white powder onto the black cards and cut it out. 

I added it to the card using the pinflair glue gel.  

I am also entering this into the challenge of Anything Goes at http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/challenge-178.html?m=1

Happy crafting!

Catherine